A newlywed couple arrives at the home of the husband's late wife, where the gardens have been maintained by a gardener faithful to the dead woman's memory. Soon eerie events lead the new wife to think she is going out of her mind. - IMDB Description
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The producers of this film offer free burial services to anyone who dies of fright while watching this film. I wonder if that offer still applies? I didn't die of fright, but I seem to have wet myself.
May 15, 2011 Subject:
The Screaming Bore
Boy, is this a drive-in movie. Long on atmosphere meant to create suspense and foreboding and succeeding mildly, short on story and plot, the viewer need pay only occasional attention to follow along. Do watch the last 10 or so minutes for the most interesting, and funny scenes.
February 22, 2010 Subject:
Soundtrack by Ernest Gold makes it
I saw this as a kid and was "scared" by it. That's not saying much, I know. There are images and scenes in the film that manage to be disturbing and that make a lasting impression; but I have come to believe that it is the soundtrack that rescues the entire project. The Screaming Skull has one of the best soundtracks of any low-budget horror film ever made. The compositions and instrumentation by the brilliant composer, Ernest Gold, are classic. The piano parts, in particular, are played brilliantly. The "horror" atmosphere of the film is supported and sustained by this textbook horror soundtrack, which, by the way, is silent for long spans during conversations, something that causes the film to drag, but adding to its impact when it is playing. I intend to strip out the soundtrack and delete the silent and talking passages.
This one really should have been titled "The Screaming Wife," for the leading lady's tendency to let go with both lungs at every creaking board. Anyway, it's a low-budget, wife-in-peril, supernatural suspense/horror with a okay cast of five. Having nothing to work with except a large vacant house, the director builds suspense nicely, and does some good stuff with light and shadow. The screenplay is ordinary. The few special effects are very dated, yet somehow manage to be effective rather than funny in the climactic final scenes. I like little movies that are able to make something out of practically nothing. This is one of them.